MinimuMM-seq: Genome sequencing of circulating tumor cells for minimally invasive molecular characterization of multiple myeloma pathology

Dutta AK*, Alberge JB*, Lightbody ED, Boehner CJ, Dunford A, Sklavenitis-Pistofidis R, Mouhieddine TH, Cowan AN, Su NK, Horowitz EM, Barr H, Hevenor L, Beckwith JB, Perry J, Cao A, Lin Z, Kuhr FK, Del Mastro RG, Nadeem O, Greipp PT, Stewart C, Auclair D, Getz G#^, Ghobrial IM#^
Cancer Discovery (2022)


Multiple Myeloma (MM) develops from well-defined precursor stages, however, invasive bone marrow (BM) biopsy limits screening and monitoring strategies for patients. We enumerated circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from 261 patients (84 MGUS, 155 SMM, and 22 MM), with neoplastic cells detected in 84%. We developed a novel approach, MinimuMM-seq, which enables detection of translocations and copy number abnormalities through whole-genome sequencing of highly pure CTCs. Application to CTCs in a cohort of 51 patients, 24 with paired BM, was able to detect 100% of clinically reported BM biopsy events and could replace molecular cytogenetics for diagnostic yield and risk classification. Longitudinal sampling of CTCs in 8 patients revealed major clones could be tracked in the blood, with clonal evolution and shifting dynamics of subclones over time. Our findings provide proof of concept that CTC detection and genomic profiling could be used clinically for monitoring and managing disease in MM.

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